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Johns River State Wildlife Area

Southwest Washington > Long Beach Area
46.8976, -123.9877 Map & Directions
Length
1.4 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
0 feet
Highest Point
20 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy
Johns River Wildlife Area. Photo by Anna Roth. Full-size image
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Discover Pass

This short, ADA-accessible trail offers a different experience at high tide and low, since it’s in a surge plain that’s affected by tidal action. Continue reading

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Hiking Johns River State Wildlife Area

This short, ADA-accessible trail offers a different experience at high tide and low, since it’s in a surge plain that’s affected by tidal action.

This very short trail in the Johns River area is primarily access for disabled hunters. It’s a flat 0.57 miles to a photo/hunting blind at the end of the paved trail. A sign at the blind states that both wildlife viewing and hunting are permissible from the blind, but in season, hunting takes precedent.

From the parking area, which requires a Discover Pass, walk along the paved roadway. Johns River, to your left, is subject to the tides in nearby Grays Harbor, and depending on when you visit, you might enjoy a full flood, or the more pungent ebb tide.

Chief viewing consists of shoreline grasses and a variety of birds, but you might see deer or even an elk if you’re lucky (and quiet). A few big trees line the way – they can grow quite large quite quickly out here where it’s wet more than 230 days of the year.

No matter the weather when you visit; high or low tide, rainy or clear, this makes for an interesting, short walk to the hunting blind, where you can dry off if it’s wet (it usually is) and look for wildlife before heading back.

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Hike Description Written by
Anna Roth, WTA Staff

Johns River State Wildlife Area

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.8976, -123.9877 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Discover Pass

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Aberdeen head west on State Route 105 for 12 miles. Immediately after crossing the John's River Bridge, turn left on the John's River Road. In .1 mile turn left onto Game Farm Road and in another .1 mile turn right into the trailhead parking area.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Southwest Washington > Long Beach Area

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Johns River Wildlife Area

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

USGS Hoquiam

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Johns River State Wildlife Area

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